Out of the shadows, alleged drug lord confesses to murders and drugs in St. Paul courtroom

1kingpin021416Paul Calder Le Roux, the mastermind behind a global business in drugs and gunrunning, made his first public appearance in an American courtroom Wednesday morning, calmly detailing a list of international crimes that includes seven murders.

According to the Star Tribune, under the watch of U.S. marshals at the federal courthouse in St. Paul, Le Roux calmly answered a barrage of questions about his empire and his relationship with Moran Oz, one of several co-defendants in a prescription drug conspiracy case brought by prosecutors in Minnesota.

Since much information about the case, including Le Roux’s plea agreement, has been sealed under court order, Moran’s defense attorney Robert Richman was trying to evince information for the defense during the three-hour hearing.

“Beneath that calm exterior is a ruthless killer,” Richman said after the hearing.

Le Roux, who is in his mid-40s, was never flustered by Richman’s questions about drug and weapons deals and his cooperation as a government witness against several of his alleged underlings. He often played with his fingernails, only occasionally lowering his gaze away from Richman. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.